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Monday, October 03, 2005

Negative waves

Elitist actor Donald Sutherland, who has a distinguished career as a Hollywood actor, is also now a commentator on current politics. Oh good. Just what the country needs just now, for we have far, far too many people who play-act they are other people and keep a zipper on their true, inner thoughts and feelings and opinions.

Sutherland has been in movies as diverse as M*A*S*H, JFK and Kelly's Heroes. He's also been a guest voice on The Simpsons and he has a role as a somewhat creepy Republican on Commander And Chief if the reviews I've heard are anywhere near accurate.

Now Drudge reports that Sutherland says;

Choking back tears, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF star Donald Sutherland warned this week: President Bush "will destroy our lives!"

The star of the new ABC drama, which follows the first woman President of the United States, lashed out at the real White House during a dramatic sit down interview with the BBC.

Sutherland ripped Bush and his administration for the war and Hurricane Katrina fallout.

"They were inept. The were inadequate to the task, and they lied," Sutherland charged.

"And they were insulting, and they were vindictive. And they were heartless. They did not care. They do not care. They do not care about Iraqi people. They do not care about the families of dead soldiers. They only care about profit."

At one point during the session, Sutherland started crying: "We stolen our children's future... We have children. We have children. How dare we take their legacy from them. How dare we. It's shameful. What we are doing to our world."

Sutherland went on rip Karl Rove's "methods and means" against people like Cindy Sheehan.

"We're back to burning books in Germany," Sutherland said of NBC's editing out of Kanye West's comment on Bush during a hurricane relief telethon.

Gimme a break. I'm not much of a tv guy, but isn't Donald Sutherland's son, Kiefer Sutherland, in a show called 24-Hours, depicting Arab Islamic terrorists as the bad guys? What's going on here? Another example set previously by Mike and Chris Wallace on father-son political polarity?

It disappoints me when a great actor of iconic proportions such as Donald Sutherland comes out with such negative statements, revealing such a simple worldview.
In Kelly's Heroes, Sutherland played sergeant Oddball. He was an anachronistic character for a WWII movie. But he had a "can-do" attitude that propelled him to get the job done.
At one point, when I believe it may have been Don Rickles' character admonished Oddball that he'd never be able to blow up the bridge before the Germans crossed it said;

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?"


  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger W.B. Picklesworth said…

    The interview sounds very melodramatic, almost as if he was playing a role? Either that or he's unhinged. Even as a partisan conservative I don't believe that most Democrats wish deliberate ill on their fellow countrymen. His hyperbole makes him look ridiculous.

  • At 2:19 PM, Blogger pinkmonkeybird said…

    You're right, of course, Hammerswing. And as of this hour, Drudge writes that it is still "developing".
    Sometimes Drudge will float a bit of sensationalism in his headlines. Remember the Rolling Stones' "My little neocon" story that was calmed with just one or two comments from Jagger?
    But yes, Sutherland sounds melodramatic.


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